St. Olaf Institute for Freedom and Community

St. Olaf College
Mar 31

Jerks, Asshats, and the Unstable Politics of Civility

Mark Kingwell Thursday, March 31, 2016 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. St. Olaf College, Tomson Hall 280 Part of Disagreement (2016): St. Olaf Symposium for Constructive Political Discourse and Inquiry

Kingwell will argue that a robust account of civil discourse, rooted in a sense of shared vulnerability, is our only viable path forward.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

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Tomson Hall 280
St. Olaf College
Northfield, MN 55057
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About the Speaker

Mark Kingwell
Mark KingwellProfessor of Philosophy, University of Toronto

Kingwell specializes in political and cultural theory, especially justice and citizenship, and related topics in the philosophy of art, architecture, and design. He has published 12 books, most notably A Civil Tongue: Justice, Dialogue, and the Politics of Pluralism, which was awarded the Spitz Prize for political theory. Since the publication of A Civil Tongue (1995), Kingwell has been urging us to consider how monstrous, self‐serving public behavior can make it harder to imagine and achieve the society we want. In his book Unruly Voices, Kingwell returns to the subjects of democracy, civility, and political action, in an attempt to revitalize an intellectual culture too often deadened by its assumptions of personal advantage and economic value.